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[1991-05-19-WCW-Superbrawl I] Sid Vicious vs El Gigante (Stretcher)

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One of the biggest debacles in PPV history, as Sid has given notice to go to the WWF and refuses to do the time-honored tradition on the way out, making the end result what we got. Pretty horrible match with no heat at all, but at least it's short. They immediately look to shift focus off of Sid, as One Man Gang and Kevin Sullivan hit the ring. Sullivan looks like a goth Tammy Faye Baker as the crowd chants "Na-Na-Na-Na-Hey-ey-ey-Goodbye" at Sid, which shows just how pathetically hardcore the WCW audience was at this point.

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Mark your calendars: Sid carries a match. Despite Dusty's pre-match attempt at a save by proclaiming that a pin in this situation is just as bad as going on a stretcher, this is in fact a stretcher match that ends in a pinfall. This is about as bad as Sid/Nightstalker in all honesty, and the post-match angle is shit, too. For all his size Gigante has no strength and I'm actually surprised that he got the Gang up at all, as shitty as that bodyslam looked. Sullivan hits Gigante with powder and the Gang takes him down with the stretcher and some of the weakest weapon shots of all-time. Gigante took the OMG and Sullivan's best shot and came back, so...what's the intrigue in this match-up, exactly?

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Gigante has trouble bringing the stretcher down ringside so we are off to a good start. Not sure why he bothered as though it is a stretcher match it is not the match type where you have to get your opponent on it and wheel them away from ring. Horrible match and fans say goodbye to Sid afterwards. We get some weak interference after the match with Sullivan and Gang attacking Gigante. The stretcher finally comes into play. Just really bad.

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Pathetic. Just pathetic on all fronts here.

 

From El Gigante's shitty music to the horrendous action to Sid's just shocking unprofessionalism. The whole thing is a steaming turd.

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I think we have found our worst match of the year. Im not blaming Sid because while he didn't do the most professional thing in the world, and least he stood up and refused to go along with that piece of shit El Gigante was throwing stuff at him. Post match was horrendous.

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Well, that was pointless. The worst part is, Cappetta never explained that the match could end in a pinfall. It's bad enough to change the rules in midstream, but at least clue in your live audience who might not have Dusty Rhodes the master booker to explain to them that a pinfall loss could be as bad or worse than being made to leave the ring on a stretcher, bleeding (at least presumably) and unconscious.

 

Boy, did they not waste time getting Sid out of Dodge after the pinfall or what? I didn't get a good enough look at the ref to see who it was, but he manhandled Sid worse than Gigante did.

 

A question for Dusty: If Sid wouldn't take the ride in this match, why not use your old buddy Sullivan in his place? Neither he nor the Gang had a match of their own scheduled, and it would have saved you from playing bait-and-switch with the rules without some of your customers even knowing it. You could have claimed that Sid's plane got fogged in, or that he was getting a suntan on the beach and overslept, or that he was terrified of Gigante, or anything else you could have thought of. Paying people big money to go out there and tank matches (as in, not give their best effort to put on a believable bout) is one reason why WCW is but a fond memory for so many of us today.

 

Whoever thought that Gang could look good wearing eye shadow should not only have been fired but led out of CNN Center in a straitjacket, because they were obviously about ten cents short, as the late, great radio mogul Arthur Carlson (gloriously played by Gordon Jump on WKRP in Cincinnati) used to say. Hell, maybe The Big Guy (with help from Herb Tarlek and Les Nessman) could have booked a better match than this. Sully's no doll to look at in eye shadow, either.

 

I must have missed the fans' goodbye chant to Sid, or maybe the Turner audio people caught it and muted it.

 

Which was worse: Gang's stretcher shots or Gigante's.........bodyslam? He's been in the business for close to a year and he can't even execute a simple bodyslam? Knowing this outfit, the entirety of the upcoming Gigante/Gang feud will be nothing but bodyslam challenge matches.

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